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Youth for Fernandez

Youth for Fernandez

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 Printed in-house. Paid for by Henry Fernandez for Mayor, Bruce Ditman, Treasurer.Approved by Henry Fernandez
YOUTH FOR FERNANDEZ
Youth for Fernandez 
is made up of youth of all ages fromthe city of New Haven.
Youth for Fernandez 
 
supportsHenry
Fernandez’
candidacy for mayor
because they believe that he will go beyond simply changing the schoolsystem in New Haven by effectively building a collegeready culture in New Haven and providing jobopportunities for youth.
Unlike other candidates, Henryhas not only spoken about improving the education andquality of life for young people in New Haven, but hehas demonstrated through his accomplishments andmany years of dedicated service to the city that hestands ready to lead from day one and commit his timeand effort to creating a better future for New Haven.
 
Youth for Fernandez 
embrace
Henry’s vision of “
OneCity
- which seeks to unite all residents of New Haven -and also supports his commitment to making sure that NewHaven not only has one of the best youth platforms in thecountry, but that the youth of the city have the best accessto quality education.
 
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Henry’s Experience
 Henry has been a champion for youth from an earlyage
. In fact, his first summer job, while in high school, wasworking with the Harambee summer camp for elementaryschool children in his hometown of Poughkeepsie, NY. Asan undergraduate at Harvard University, Henry tutored and
directed the Mission Hill Afterschool Program
inRoxbury, Boston. Based in a predominantly African-American and Latino community, the Mission HillAfterschool Program sought to provide essential services tofamilies who struggled to find affordable childcare. After graduating from Harvard, Henry spent traveled toZimbabwe, Africa
teaching high school English andMath to students
.Henry moved to New Haven in 1990 in order to attendYale Law School. During his time there, he
helped tofound Leadership, Education and Athletics inPartnership, Inc., also known as LEAP and was itsexecutive director for its first seven years
. LEAP has provided academic and social enrichment opportunities totens of thousands of children and youth in New Haven.Many young people who have been part of LEAP credit theorganization with helping to develop their academic and professional skills as well as their leadership potential. It is
a testament to Henry’s leadership and management ability
that LEAP quickly grew during his tenure - from a small
 
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summer program to
being one of the largest employers of youth in the city of New Haven and providing year-round employment and engagement opportunities forchildren and youth. To this day, LEAP remains one of 
the state’s leading youth advocacy organizations.
 
As Economic Development Administrator, Henrycontinued his commitment to improving the accessibility toeducation for all New Haven residents by bringingGateway Community College downtown. GatewayCommunity College has the largest number of New Havenhigh school students compared with any other college or university. He was also a part of the team that helped to build the Courtland Seymour Wilson Library in the Hillneighborhood.Henry currently serves on the Board of Directors for JUNTA for Progressive Action, a Latino based communitynon-profit organization, that also provides after-school andsummer programs
.
He also recently worked on a coalitionthat made it possible for undocumented children living in New Haven to receive in-state tuition rates.
Crime, Health and Nutrition
Henry understands that i
n New Haven’s current situation,
crime is one of the largest limiting factors to improving thelives of our youth. Henry is committed to community policing and introducing new cutting edge strategies toimprove safety for 
every
 
neighborhood
. Crime in this cityis prevalent and is partly responsible for the growing

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